Dependent Status Now Available to Same-Sex Spouses and Partners

October 16, 2018 | Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Immigration Department (HKID) has announced that same-sex spouses and same-sex partners in legal civil partnerships or unions officially qualify to apply for dependent status, effective September 19, 2018.

Previously, the Court of Final Appeal ruled on this issue in July 2018 and the HKID introduced an interim arrangement allowing same-sex spouses to apply for dependent status while the HKID considered how to formally implement the Court’s ruling.

Approved applicants will be permitted to work, study or start a business in Hong Kong.

For a spouse or partner to qualify for a dependent visa, the same requirements that applied under the interim arrangement will continue to apply. Specifically, the following must be provided:

  • Evidence that the applicant and sponsor are married or in a legal civil partnership
  • Evidence that the applicant has no criminal record
  • Evidence that the sponsoring spouse/partner has the financial means to support the applicant

Dependents that were authorized to remain in Hong Kong with their spouses under the interim arrangement may retain their current status and apply for a dependent visa shortly before their current authorization expires.